Blue Knights Winds Announces 2020 Design Team
DENVER – Blue Knights Winds are pleased to announce the return of Rob Billings as Visual Designer and Jordan Stern as Music Arranger for the 2020 season. In its 2019 inaugural year the Blue Knights Winds were silver medalists in Winter Guard International Winds Independent Open Class.
Per ensemble director Abe Eng, “We are incredibly lucky to have Rob and Jordan as part of our design team. Their continued involvement with BK winds will help us to build upon last year’s successful season.”
Rob Billings has been a respected designer, choreographer, drill writer, teacher, and adjudicator in the pageantry arts for close to 30 years. Rob served as the guard caption head, drill writer, and choreographer for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps 1996-2008, guard designer and choreographer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps 2010-2011, the Phantom Regiment 2012-2014, and the Madison Scouts 2015-2017. Rob was the director and designer for Opus 10 Winter guard and artistic director and designer for Oracle winter guard. He is the current artistic director for the Oracle Performance Ensemble dance company. Rob is also a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame and has done visual design for Ascend Entertainment performances in Taiwan and Bahrain and for the 2018 Blue Knights Alumni Corps.
Jordan Stern is a lecturer on the music education faculty of the Texas State University school of music. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Jordan is an active arranger for both marching and concert bands. His design clients have included the bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson HS, Ronald Reagan HS, Cedar Park HS, Winston Churchill HS, Azle HS, Plano HS, Mustang HS (OK), Tottenville HS (NY), Brennan HS, Bryant HS (AR), Clear Lake HS, Foster HS, CC Winn HS, and the 2-time WGI Independent Open Finalist 5 Points Percussion. Jordan previously served as the front ensemble coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and Winston Churchill High School. Jordan is an alumni of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and currently performs regularly with Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Member band Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition.
The Blue Knights Winds will compete in the RMPA and WGI. BKPE is proud to be partnered with KHS America, Mapex & Majestic Percussion, D’Addario, Promark, Evans, Zildjian, MEINL percussion, Digital Performance Gear, Creative Costume & Designs, Pageantry Innovations, Colorado Creative Industries, and Award & Sign.
They will kickoff the 2020 season with open clinics and audition clinics in Denver, Colorado this Fall. To learn more visit the Blue Knights Winds page, join the 2020 Winds Audition Group and follow them on their Blue Knights Winds Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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